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Pres “pleads” with PPM lawmakers over no confidence petition

President Yameen speaks at PPM ceremony to present membership forms of ruling party's new members. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

President Yameen speaks at PPM ceremony to present membership forms of ruling party’s new members. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

President Abdulla Yameen has “pleaded” the ten lawmakers of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), who signed the joint opposition’s petition to seek a motion of no confidence against the parliament speaker, to withdraw their decision, claimed some members of PPM’s parliamentary group on Tuesday.

The opposition submitted its resolution to file a motion of no confidence against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh with 45 signatures on Monday, ten of which are from PPM lawmakers. While PPM has declared that the signature of at least one of the lawmakers was forged, the opposition has released a photograph depicting said lawmaker signing what appears to be the petition.

Speaking to Mihaaru, some members of PPM’s parliamentary group claimed that President Yameen contacted the government-aligned lawmakers that signed the petition to inquire as to why they made “such a big decision” without informing the president, who is PPM’s adviser and current head.

“He asked why they did not speak [with him] if they had grievances,” said a member as he narrated that the president “pleaded” with them to take back their decision.

According to some lawmakers of PPM, not all members in the parliamentary group of the ruling coalition, PPM and Maldives Development Alliance (MDA), are given the opportunity to share their concerns with the president. Some members also claimed that they do not receive support and cooperation in their efforts to solve the grievances and obstructions faced by the PPM PG group.

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